Grateful Dead Live at Springfield Civic Center Arena on 1973-03-28
- Grateful Dead
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d1t01 - Cumberland Blues
d1t02 - Here Comes Sunshine
d1t03 - Mexicali Blues
d1t04 - Wave That Flag
d1t05 - Beat It On Down The Line
d1t06 - Loser
d1t07 - Jack Straw
d1t08 - Box Of Rain
d1t09 - They Love Each Other
d1t10 - El Paso
d1t11 - Row Jimmy
d1t12 - Around And Around
d1t13 - Brown Eyed Women
d2t01 - You Ain't Woman Enough
d2t02 - Looks Like Rain
d2t03 - China Cat Sunflower ->
d2t04 - I Know You Rider
d2t05 - The Promised Land
d2t06 - Loose Lucy
d2t07 - Me And My Uncle
d2t08 - Don't Ease Me In
d2t09 - The Race Is On
d2t10 - Stella Blue
d2t11 - Big River
d2t12 - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
d3t01 - Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
d3t02 - Dark Star ->
d3t03 - Eyes Of The World ->
d3t04 - Playing In The Band
d3t05 - Johnny B. Goode
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|Here Comes Sunshine|
|Wave That Flag|
|Beat It On Down The Line|
|Box Of Rain|
|They Love Each Other|
|Around And Around|
|Brown Eyed Women|
|You Ain't Woman Enough|
|Looks Like Rain|
|China Cat Sunflower ->|
|I Know You Rider|
|The Promised Land|
|Me And My Uncle|
|Don't Ease Me In|
|The Race Is On|
|Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo|
|Weather Report Suite Prelude ->|
|Dark Star ->|
|Eyes Of The World ->|
|Playing In The Band|
|Johnny B. Goode|
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Minor diginoise in first part of Cumberland Blues
-- Quality improves for disc 3
- 2008-04-28 21:13:46
- Dat (Sony 500) -> Samplitude Professional 9.11 -> FLAC
- Springfield, MA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
Subject: Major night
Subject: no Micky hella jamz
Subject: For 73 fans (the year, not the total)
Though there are a dozen '73s I would rank higher, as with most from the year there are still plenty of solid highlights (especially with a 2hr 2nd set). But save this one until after you've heard the big ones from the year (Feb shows, Fall Boston shows, San Diego, etc.).
First Set. It takes awhile to warm up but they stick with it and by the end of the set there's x-factor; so you'll have to stick it out too (because you're a completist. Why else would you be reading something this esoteric?). The first few have mini-trainwrecks and Mexicali is a slopfest. It's a little better through the Donna-heavy Beat it on Down the Line-6 and then the turnaround happens in Jack Straw (shorter attention spans can start here). It's not the tightest but it has that Dead accidental brilliance and the energy exchange begins. Box of Rain is a nice version with Jer on slide. They Love Each Other may be their most consistent song in '73 and this is a prime example. Notice in Row Jimmy that it was about this time that Bobby started to really apply harmonics. Around & Around is rote but Brown Eyed Women is a pat version. I can't really tell a difference between each You Ain't Woman Enough but this seems to be the best? In his book Billy said it best: "Country tunes. It was...Donna, you know? But it was cool - sort of". Looks Like Rain is unusually tentative and China Cat goes from shaky verses to a great Feelin' Groovy Jam (@ about 7:15), into a fantastic I Know You Rider that leaves 'em happy.
Second Set. The Jer-heavy Promised Land is a good start to a better set overall, though it really takes off at Me & My Uncle. Jer is fluid and now playing rapid fills behind verses of the Bobby songs. Dough Knees and Race are fine but their show/set position is one of the things that make '73 fun. Stella Blue is a highlight, but listen close - it's Bobby that's great. Check out his runs in between chording (the' 73 arrangement wasn't the best though). The rest is average-to-above average. Weather Report is notable because Bobby had been messing around with his composition (different than his previous playing style) during tunings for a couple tours. He then played it as a song on this tour (this is the 3rd one) before adding it to Let it Grow in September. It's tricky to play (there's alt-string plucking, picking, and odd one-off chords) and was dropped after the '75 hiatus. Like many '73s, Dark Star drops right into the thick of it, going 18min to lyrics. Each player steers at various points to mixed results. Eyes was generally great in '73, though better later in the year, and this one, though solid overall, resolves to shrill Donnaskreech™. Playin' is solid, the encore average.
1st Set: C
2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3 stars
They Love Each Other - just about any '73 is made of win
Brown Eyed Women - a pat version
China Cat>Rider - from the Feelin' Groovy Jam onward is set-closing magic
Me & My Uncle - Jer throws fills behind Bobby
Stella Blue - listen for Bobby
SOURCES: The miller SBD or Dave's 16.
Subject: This is the one you want
The Cumberland opener is mighty rare as well.
With tongue-in-cheek I would rate this show around 189th out of 2230 (or so).
Set 1 - standard, save the cool Cumberland opener. The rockin' CC>R to close the set distinguishes this one...
Set 2 - Something's going on vocally with this band in the 2nd set, it seems...they take that mechanized AM-Bear sound and growl through what seems like a lot of numbers - Jer in particular is on fire. The big news, of course, is as exciting to listen to as to read:
WRS Prelude >
Dark Star >
Playin' (<--- to close!)
I mean, woah Nellie.....
Subject: 73 Bliss
This Straw, however, is on another planet. Jerry's possessed playing from the solo into "Jack Straw from Witchita cut his buddy down" is maybe the best I've heard. The way Jerry transitions musically when Phil and Bobby start singing is just fantastic - usually he joins them in singing this final verse during this time period, but to me it sounds like he knew he had lightning in a bottle and just absolutely let it rip. While 6/9/77, 7/2/88 and 7/18/89 are all close runners up, I have to say this Straw is my favorite of all time. Just perfect.
Subject: Over my DEAD body...
and I wasn't 7 years old at the time
I would have tried to roll with Donna myself.
This is another fine show from 73, Hard to compare em, they nail just about every tune.
weather prelude >Dark star >Eyes >Playin
I particularly like the vocals on EYES.
and getting PLAYIN' as the final tune of the night is excellent
Subject: bake on
great first set
Subject: Thanks smgarcia !!
When I reviewed this years ago, the full SBD was not available. Now, this show immediately goes to the top and rings the bell for my top ten. A show that begins with - not Promised Land, not Bertha.
But Cumberland?? Wha?? That tells you right off the boys are in a special mood tonight.
This show has it all. Most of the new tunes that they premiered on 2/9/73. Plus faves like Half Step and Box of Rain. Cumberland and Big River still have that 1972 twang. Yet somehow, from 12/31/72 to 2/9/1973, a magical chasm was crossed that totally changed their sound. Only a few weeks off. And they're a whole new band. How did they do that?
Set One is peppy and fun, just what you want while the drugs are kicking in.
Oh, and BTW smgarcia, I didn't get that pizza.
But I do have a nice cold Sierra Nevada Torpedo, chips, hot salsa and a big icky sticky to puff on.
Thanks for the kind words.
Loser, Jack Straw, TLEO - the hits just keep on coming. Phil does an excellent job on Box of Rain.
One of the best for 1973. TLEO is tight, both Jerry and Keith are clear and strong in the mix.
BE Women provides a link to the past - only 2 years old but two years in Dead history is like 10 years in normal time.
I'm on my second Torpedo and Donna sounds really good on Woman Enough. I'm picturing her naked in a rhinestone cowboy hat. I dunno, maybe it's the beer. Maybe it's just that good. Maybe if Cynthia Lennon had the balls to sing this to Yoko, the Beatles wouldn't have broken up. Well, I can dream can't I ??
Finally, when they close Set One with China>Rider, you know they're gonna play it with more passion than a mid set position. At about 4:00 they go into the jam and don't stop until more than 9 minutes has passed. Nice interplay between Weir and Garcia.
Set Two -
Once when I was about 13, I wanted a stereo for Christmas real bad. My parents put a bunch of little gifts under the tree and hid the stereo in the closet to trick me until I'd already opened everything else. Child abuse. Set Two is like that. You're thinking, "wow, great show so far, but where's the long jam tunes?" Those rascals.
From the first notes of Dark Star, you sense that something magnificent is about to happen. Yes, the 11/11 Dark Star is great, and so is the 12/6 one. But this one could be my favorite of the year. And taken together, Dark Star>Eyes>Playin is just simply one of the highlights of the year, dare I say of the 1970's period. Don't drive with this playing in your car, you'll miss your exit and then some. 60 minutes of some of the best jamming you'll ever hear the Dead play. Perfection with a cherry on top. Also, this show is special to me because it was a "discovered" show, a hidden gem because it was originally only a portion of Set Two, thus not widely traded like other well known 1973 shows back when the early internet servers had full SBD's for 2/9, 5/26, 6/10 and other 1973 top shows. I think I first saw it on GD Live back in 2000 and thought, "Oh, it's only a partial show, I'll skip it." And then changed my mind. My mind, hah!
The peak and climax of the Spring tour IMHO. You'd think after 40 years that live bands would have gotten soooooo much better than this. They haven't. Like a fine Cabernet wine, this show just improves with age and gets more intense. Set Two deserves the royal old hippie treatment - turn down the lights, light some incense, some candles. Lay back and relax, light that fatty and don't move for 60 minutes. You'll be a new and better person for it. Ladies and Gentlemen, the shamans, the magicians, the Rembrandts of rock and roll - the Grateful Dead.
Dr. Flashback :-)
The 2nd set isn't as good. You look at the setlist and think wow but the jams aren't really hot the way they got to be in many later '73 shows. The 32-minute Dark Star is very nice, but not as adventuresome as you might expect, and the Playin' jam is competent but kinda goes nowhere. Still, it's all good enough (barely) for a 5-star rating.
Subject: East coast 73'
Subject: another classic
Also, during this fantastic period I'm reminded of why Keith was definitely such a huge contributor to their golden era sound. Fantastic interplay between him and the guitars.
No doubt that '73 was a fine, fine vintage.
Subject: Streaming with no track listing
You can load them into Windows Media Player and tag them there, but I found the audio conversion to work better. I have a Creative Zen player and it's very picky about playing things in order if they are not tagged correctly and even then it's sometimes a problem.
Subject: dark star
Subject: lucky to be there
Subject: Another Gem
Thanks for posting this amazing sb!
Subject: Stream it Now
Check out the change around the 10:20-22 mark of Dark Start, thought I heard a hint of round a bout midnight in there somewhere. Maybe I was just tired. Taking that into Eyes is always hoit in '73, and the Playin jam scorches. I hioghly recommend streaming this show.
Subject: There's music behind the music
Thank you for mixin a great powder run thru both sets -- letting us hear where on stage everyone made their music that night...
With plenty of base.
Vocals are very crisp...
they were so on.
(I love it when Jerr takes over Bobby tunes he's bored w/...
I love it more when JG is a smoooth mfkr, like tonight.)
That 2nd set ender is just great!
Awesome stuff, guys
Subject: TOP SHELF DEAD
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" March 28, 1973 at the Springfield Civic Center Arena, Springfield MA, U.S.A.
Charlie Miller has done it again! Thank you Mr. Miller, you make the world a better place to live in.
This show has a certain quality of "beauty" to it. It's a masterful work of art and magic.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD collection right now.
5 Stars for the mix
5 Stars for the recording
5 Stars for the performance
5 Stars for Mr. Charlie Miller's excellent taste in GRATEFUL DEAD shows.
The soundguys work out the bugs in the mix during the first song, like they did in every GRATEFUL DEAD show in history. After that, the mix is fine except for a minute in CCS.
30 Songs performed effortlessly and flawlessly before a very, very, very lucky Springfield Massachusetts audience. This is another "Must Have" show for collectors of 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD.
Mr. Miller's taste for GRATEFUL DEAD shows is impeccable.
Here's a 32 minute "Dark Star" into a 12 minute and 56 second long "Eyes of the World" into a 15 minute and 56 second long "Playin' In the Band". It's an audio masterpiece. Sounds like the GRATEFUL DEAD let their hair down this show, figuratively speaking of course.
Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you will surely be very, very sorry.
For users of Windows XP the Internet Archive recommends RealPlayer for streaming and/or downloading.
Eat, Drink, be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love.
PS: Keep up the good work Mr. Miller, we are counting on you to keep the music and the magic alive.
THE DEAD LIVE!
Subject: " Come back step, like to walk on air"
Subject: This is for your Dr. Flashback